When the going gets tough, the tough get going. However, in New York City, when the going gets tough, then New Yorkers start to steal food.
In a recent survey from the National Supermarkets Association, 93% of grocers in New York City said that someone stole food from their supermarket at some point this year.
To all of the New Yorkers out there, your mission is not complete. You have about one month to steal from the other 7% of the stores that have not experienced shoplifting yet in 2023.
However, things have become more complicated for shoplifters now. Supermarket owners have added security measures by hiring more security personnel and adding anti-theft devices to ice cream lids. They are now looking to catch the bad guys like in that old-school video game "Keystone Kapers."
So many people stealing food reminds me of the phrase, "a measure of wheat for a penny," which means that worldwide inflation will eventually reach a point as to where a loaf of bread will cost a whole day's wages. Unfortunately, the more people that become desperate, the more people will be looking to steal that ham for Christmas Day.